The Gallery

The Cotswold Craftsmen Gallery in Market Street, Nailsworth, was established in April 2005. For the previous 35 years, the Cotswold Craftsmen group had only come together to show their work at around 8/9 events a year. The gallery became the first permanent home for the group, providing members with the opportunity to exhibit their work for sale all year round. It has also allowed members to develop closer relationships with their fellow members and have a deeper understanding of each other’s crafts.

The gallery provides the public with a greater confidence to purchasework from the makers, knowing that they have an established base where their work can often be seen and where makers can be easily contacted for enquiries and commissions.

The gallery has also made the group more accessible to new members which has served to increase the membership of the group creating an even greater diversity of crafts, traditional and contemporary, at the gallery and at our shows.

Details about joining the group can be found on our ‘join us’ page.

The gallery is always manned by the makers that have their work on show, creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with no pressure to buy. Members are happy for visitors to browse and to chat about their work and that of other makers. Details of dates and times when each member will be ‘on duty’ are displayed at the gallery and listings of when members are booked in can be found on the website so visitors can plan a trip especially to meet the maker of their choice and quite often see work in progress.

The gallery now has two exhibition areas –

UPSTAIRS GALLERY

Our upstairs (ground floor) gallery permanently shows a fabulous selection of work  from  11 of our familiar members. We keep some space aside to have changing displays from an extra member each month.

Work changes regularly so it’s always worth revisiting the gallery to see what’s new and you will find the gallery brimming with work to inspire, delight and impress.

See below for details of which members are now at the gallery.

Throughout December and January, the gallery hosts a special exhibition showing work from all the members that have exhibited throughout the year. Generally around 12/15 members take part in this show filling the gallery with an even wider range of work to inspire you with gifts ideas for others – or for yourself!

(See our Exhibitions page for further information on current displays.)

 

DOWNSTAIRS GALLERY

In 2008, the gallery was extended to include a new downstairs gallery where the work of landscape artist Nick Handover is permanently on display for sale.

We now run a programme of four week exhibitions of non-members work downstairs alongside the permanent collection, giving other local (and not so local!) artists the chance to exhibit in an established gallery and giving our visitors an even wider range of work to see.

Any group or artist is welcome to apply to show downstairs so the coming years promises to hold a wide and varied selection of work.

If you are interested in booking an exhibition downstairs, please ‘contact us’ or phone Hazel Morris:07961 914957 or email haze.morris@virgin.net

Opening hours – Tuesday- Saturday  10am – 5pm (1- 1.30 lunch)

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Gift vouchers for £5, £10 and £20 are available to buy from the Gallery.  So when you just can’t decide on a gift for someone, why not buy vouchers and let them decide for themselves! Please note, these can only be spent at our gallery and not at shows.

** PLEASE NOTE** – THE POINTER SHOWN BELOW ON THE GOOGLE MAP IS NOT ON THE GALLERY . WE ARE OPPOSITE JUST BECAUSE!


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